University of Melbourne students Edward Walmsley and Phoebe Georgakas have been named as Men’s and Women’s captains for the 2018 Australian Boat Race
in Sydney on Sunday 14 October.
2018 will be Walmsley’s second Race, and the 3rd year Bachelor of Agriculture student and George Alexander Foundation Scholarship
recipient will be eager for redemption following last year’s loss.
"Just to be a part of this crew is quite an honour, so to be the captain of this crew really is a proud moment" he said.
The recent University Nationals Division 1 competition presented a chance for Walmsley and the Men's crew
to test their mettle against Sydney. Melbourne finished a close 2nd in the marquee Men's 8+ race with Sydney taking out the Gold Medal, but the experience showed Walmsley exactly what the crew needed to work on.
Since then, they've been busy preparing on the Yarra, focussing particularly on "rowing more efficiently in rough water and finding a strong high-paced rhythm to take us through the middle 3 kilometres".
Walmsley strongly believes that "in training we have shown that we are capable of winning if we execute what we've been working on."
Meanwhile, Georgakas is competing for the first time, having started her Bachelor of Science this year.
"It’s a real honour to be named captain, especially in my first year at university and my first time racing in the Boat Race" she said.
Melbourne's Women's crew
are desperate to regain the Bella Guerin trophy after Sydney's Women's crew won its first Race last year, having not won since the competition's rebirth in 2009.
"It will be a challenge to take back the title after Sydney’s first victory in the women’s event last year, but we have put in some solid training kilometers on the Yarra are we are ready to give it a red hot go" said Georgakas.
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